Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Brief Return to Asia

As those who follow me on social media sites know, a few of weeks ago, I finally got to return to Southeast Asia, a region where I lived 5 years ago, back when I was a college lecturer.  I reconnected with old friends, made new friends, ate exotic foods, attended weddings, walked amazing beaches, visited cool temples, saw wild animals and even had a few exciting romantic adventures that I probably shouldn't get into in this blog. ;)
  
As I've said before, the traveler's greatest dilemma is the ability to be homesick for more than one place, and sadly, now that I am back in Los Angeles working hard for my less-than-Hollywood but Hollywood paycheck, I keep wondering why I even returned stateside.  Perhaps some day (maybe sooner than later) I will live in Asia again and see the people I care about there more frequently... but for now, here's links to photos of my recent adventures: 


...and here's some footage of my friends and I getting to know some lion and tiger cubs. :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Covers by Valentino

Recently, an eccentric friend of mine named Valentino has been making his way around the Los Angeles area entertaining the public in semi-random places by singing some pretty interesting song covers. This is pretty funky and interesting because my friend Valentino is... well... he's a puppet... and not at all in the metaphoric sense. :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Job on TV

I am a digital artist by trade, and currently, the kind of digital artwork I do for a living is stereoscopic film conversion for Hollywood movies. In super-simple terms, stereoscopic film conversion is where you take a movie that was shot in 2D and create a 3D version after the fact.  Now, while most folks would consider working on movies to be glamorous and/or fascinating, amid the worlds of film-making and visual effects, stereo conversion is usually given the critical shaft and is frequently referred to in negative lights by layperson and critic alike, regardless of their intellectual qualification to comment ...usually... but not this past week. :)

I have to say, it was a kind of uplifting to see this positive and informative piece that G4 TV's Attack of the Show recently shot at my workplace about our work on Titanic 3D. 

  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Trailer Assemble!

When you are working hard on a new movie day in and day out, and then a new trailer for it comes along and the presentation is so exciting that the film actually looks unfamiliar enough to make you say "Wow!" ...well ...that's a good thing. ;)


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mocap with the Kinect

After mentally toying with the idea for a long time, I finally cracked and I decided to buy a Kinect for the X-Box 360. I did not buy it so I could play the games mind you, but rather, the animator in me bought it so I could hook it up to my PC and see what it can do in terms of improvised affordable motion capture utilizing software from brekel.com.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Social Media Points

As many folks know, in what little spare time I have, aside from my own personal website I run a number of other websites such as VFX Job Hunt and Game Dev Gigs.com. Unfortunately, as I've found over the years, whenever you have useful information on these kinds of websites, but don't have much time to work on site promotion, social media such as Facebook and Twitter become very valuable. 
  
...and strangely enough (or perhaps naturally) websites that aid in the use of social media sites have also popped up in recent years and have since made themselves very valuable to certain users of the web.

Over the past several months, I've found two of such sites to be particularly useful in growing Facebook fan pages, Twitter followers and website traffic overall, and I'd like to share them in this blog post.
  
One of which is You Like Hits...

You Like Hits is a site where you gain "points" by following, subscribing, liking, ect. other members, and in turn, these points are spent when members follow, subscribe, like, ect. to you. You can buy points with Paypal, but I've had pretty solid results with this site without having to resort to that.

...and there is also Twiends

While many bloggers and other people on the web will quickly discount twiends.com because it has seen better days (and it really has), I've found that there is still a bit of life in this old girl. Like You Like Hits, Twiends uses a point-based system where members exchange Twitter follows, but just Twitter follows. Twiends doesn't support Facebook, Youtube or regular websites anymore... Like I said, it's seen better days.

Quick side-note/disclaimer: When/if you use these kinds of sites to boost your website traffic and social media presence, as with any social website, be aware that there are always bad apples looking to abuse the system to various ends.  Interact cautiously, but at the same time, don't get quickly discouraged if initial results aren't great and don't be afraid experiment... Nothing ventured, etc. etc.  ;)


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dear Robert Hanson...

I would like to take a quick moment to say to Robert L. Hanson of Altamonte Springs in Florida: Please grow up and pay your freaking bills!

...and to every bill collector on the planet Earth, 407-619-3826 is not Mr. Hanson's phone number anymore, it hasn't been his number for years... and like it's previous users since Mr. Hanson, I'll be gladly getting rid of this number soon as well! In the mean time: Bill collectors, please stop failing at your jobs and go directly to Hell!!!

That is all... thank you.